18 Horses Perish in Illinois Barn Fire

Posted by TF Oren
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All photos via abc7 News

Tragedy struck Plainfield, Illinois early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were called to Del Real Stables in southwest suburban Plainfield around 1:15 a.m. They arrived on scene to find the entire west side of the barn in flames.

The crews were finally able to get the fire under control at about 1:45 a.m., according to Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton.

Thirty horses were housed in the barn at the time the fire erupted. Nineteen of them were released from the barn during the blaze.

The owner of the stable put out a call for help on Facebook, seeking the public's help in finding the missing horses. All were accounted for by 7:30 a.m. Tragically, only 12 of the barn's 30 horses survived the fire.

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Two horse owners were also injured in the blaze. Both sustained minor injuries, and it is still unknown whether they were inside the barn at the time the fire began.

Almost seven hours after firefighters were called to the scene, crews were still dealing with hotspots.

The barn was entirely destroyed by the fire, cause of which is currently under investigation. There is a GoFundMe fundraiser set up for the stables' recovery.

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All photos via abc7 News.

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18 Horses Perish in Illinois Barn Fire